A staple of Wallingford for almost 40 years, the founder and original owner of Golden Oldies Records, Dean Silverstone, passed away on March 26th.
He led many different lives, all of them colorful. At different periods, he was a wrestling promoter, owner of a chain of record stores from Olympia to Bellingham, and a Hollywood soundtrack consultant. There’s an interesting profile of him on the KIRO news website; it is well worth a read.
Silverstone sold the Wallingford Golden Oldies record shop on 45th to new owners in 2017. Like most places in the neighborhood, they are temporarily closed due to COVID-19. However, if you’re in the mood for some new tunes, you can always order from their online store on Discogs.
I’m sad. I remember his first store, on Roosevelt, back when he only sold 45s. Bought stacks of Stax and King records, 50 cents a pop.